There are still some people who think that Majorca’s beaches, with their turquoise blue waters, and the exciting nightlife are its greatest treasures. Luckily more and more people are discovering that this island in the Mediterranean is also a natural haven with mountain ranges, nature reserves, and routes for hikers and walkers, for cycle touring, bird-watching and outdoor activities.
Puerto Pollença is a well-known site for bird-watching. Any ornithologist would marvel at the wide variety of species which either inhabit the island or make a stop here during their migration between Europe and Africa.
The S’Albufera nature reserve, between the port of Alcudia and Ca’n Picafort, is the largest wetland on the island and the habitat of 250 different species of birds, making this a major bird-watching centre. The species that can be seen in La Albufera include black-necked grebes, cormorants, herons, nightingales, flamingos…
On the northern point of the island, the peninsula of Formentor, as well as delighting visitors with the impressive views from its spectacular cliffs, also offers the chance to spot numerous species such as Eleonora’s falcons, peregrine falcons, swifts, nightingales and crows in their natural habitat.
What’s more, Majorca is the only island where there are still native colonies of black vultures. The largest of the Balearic Islands is also home to a wide variety of species such as Adouin’s seagulls, ospreys, yellow-crowned night herons, Eleanora’s falcons, hoopoes, reed warblers, whitethroats, etc., most of them difficult to find in other parts of Europe.